SSC CPO: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

SSC CPO: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips
September 17, 2021
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SSC CPO Syllabus & Exam Pattern

The application period for the CPO 2020-21 by the SSC has ended. Paper I of the SSC CPO examination was held from Nov. 23rd to Nov. 26th, 2020, and paper II was postponed. Candidates must read this article to learn about the detailed SSC CPO syllabus for SI in the Delhi Police and the CAPF of India.

  • The SSC’s Computer-based Test has 2 stages.
  • Only those candidates who pass paper 1 will be invited to take the PET/PST part of the exam.
  • Candidates need to answer 200 objective questions on General Knowledge, Reasoning, English, and Quantitative Aptitude in Paper I.
  • Similarly, candidates must respond to objective-type questions in English Language and Comprehension in Paper II.
  • You should read the topics listed in this syllabus and begin preparing for them properly.
  • This is a great chance for qualified people to apply for one of the 1564 posts available in this recruitment drive.

Table of Contents


SSC CPO Syllabus For Paper 1

The SSC CPO Syllabus was announced by the Commission in a notification that is available on the website. Paper I of the exam is divided into 4 sections. In these parts, you need to answer objective questions. Here, the SSC CPO syllabus for Paper 1 is given below.



The questions in this section will be both verbal and nonverbal. To attempt 50 objective questions on General Intelligence & Reasoning, you must study a variety of verbal and nonverbal topics. Here is the whole General Intelligence & Reasoning course.

  • Semantic Analogy
  • Symbolic/ Number Analogy
  • Figural Analogy
  • Semantic Classification
  • Symbolic/ Number Classification
  • Figural Classification
  • Semantic Series
  • Number Series
  • Figural Series
  • Problem Solving
  • Word Building
  • Coding & decoding
  • Numerical Operations
  • symbolic Operations
  • Trends
  • Space Orientation
  • Space Visualization
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Drawing inferences
  • Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding
  • Figural Pattern-folding & completion
  • Indexing Address matching
  • Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding
  • Decoding and classification
  • Embedded Figures
  • Critical thinking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Intelligence


General Knowledge And General Awareness

This part would put the candidate’s general awareness to the test. To be able to answer the objective questions on this exam, you must prepare a variety of essential topics. This part will have a max.  50 questions carrying 50 marks. Therefore, improve your general knowledge of the following topics.

  • Current Affairs
  • India and its neighboring countries
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic scene
  • General Polity
  • Constitution of India
  • Scientific research updates


Quantitative Aptitude

There will be objective questions in the third portion of Paper I to judge the candidate’s ability in terms of number awareness. To complete the 50 MCQs in this section, you must practice various forms of such problems. The following are the topics to which you should refer when studying for this exam.

  • Whole Numbers
  • Decimals
  • Fractions And Relationships Between Numbers
  • Percentage
  • Ratio And Proportion
  • Square Roots
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit & Loss
  • Discount
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture
  • Time Distance
  • Work
  • Basic Algebraic Identities
  • Graphs Of Linear Equations
  • Circle And Its Chords
  • Tangents
  • Angles Subtended By Chords Of A Circle
  • Common Tangents To Two Or More Circles
  • Triangle
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Regular Polygons
  • Circle, Right Prism
  • Right Circular Cone
  • Right Circular Cylinder
  • Sphere
  • Hemispheres
  • Rectangular Parallelepiped
  • Regular Right Pyramid With Triangular Or Square Base
  • Trigonometric Ratio
  • Degree And Radian Measures
  • Standard Identities
  • Complementary Angles
  • Heights And Distances
  • Histogram
  • Frequency Polygon
  • Bar Diagram & Pie Chart


English Comprehension

You must answer objective questions about the English Language in the last part of this CBT exam. Furthermore, these questions will put your basic comprehension and writing skills to the test. By practicing the following topics, you should be able to get a good grade out of 50 points in this part.

  • Error Recognition
  • Filling In the Blanks
  • Vocabulary
  • Spellings
  • Grammar
  • Sentence Structure
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Sentence Completion
  • Phrases and Idiomatic Use Of Words
  • Comprehension


Syllabus For SSC CPO Paper II

Only objective-type questions will be asked on this exam. This test will consist of 200 MCQs worth a total of 200 points. To be included in the final merit list, you must get the cut-off marks on this exam. To do well on this exam, all you have to do is brush up your English language and comprehension. The complete syllabus for SSC CPO Paper 2 can be seen here.

  • Error detection
  • FIB using verbs, preposition, articles, and so on.
  • Sentence Structure
  • Antonyms & Synonyms
  • Completion of a Sentence
  • Words in Phrases and Idiomatic Use
  • Comprehension, for example.


Know More – Detailed SSC CPO Date & Notifications


SSC CPO Exam Pattern

Just as SSC CPO syllabus, knowledge of exam pattern is also important. Paper I, Physical Test (PST & PET), Paper-II, and a Medical Test are the 4 steps of the SSC CPO 2021 selection process. For each answer which is wrong, a negative marking of 0.25 will be given in both Paper 1 & 2. The complete exam pattern for SSC CPO Paper 1 & 2 may be found in the chart below.



No of Questions

Total Marks


Paper 1
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 2 Hours
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 50
General Knowledge & Awareness 50 50
English Comprehension 50 50
Paper 2
English Comprehension 200 200 2 Hours


Key Features of SSC CPO Paper 1 & 2

  • A incorrect answer will receive 0.25 points in negative grading.
  • Paper 2 will have a Qualifying nature to it.
  • Multiple choice questions are there in this exam

Candidates must pass the Physical Test after clearing Paper 1. A Medical Exam of the candidates are done after they qualify Paper 2. Post Medical Tests process of Document Verification takes place. After clearing all the above steps, candidates need to clear seven obstacle events as a part of their training. These seven events are as follows:

  • Holding the rope on jumping from the Board
  • Jumping over the Vertical Board
  • Jumping on the Horizontal Board
  • Parallel Rope
  • Vertical Rope
  • Tarzan Swing
  • Monkey Crawl


Physical Standard Test (PST)

Every candidate who passes the Paper-I exam is required to take this test. As given in the chart below, such qualified candidates will be invited to take a PST to determine their eligibility.


Male applicants, with the exception of those named in S. Nos. (ii) and (iii) (iii) 170 80 85
Male candidates from the Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh hill regions, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States, and Sikkim are eligible to apply 165 80 85
Male (ST) 162.5 77 82
Female candidates, with the exception of those mentioned at S No (v) and (vi) 157
Female candidates from the Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh hill regions, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States, and Sikkim are eligible to apply. 155
Female (ST) 154


  • PET is not required for ex-servicemen applying for these positions.
  • Candidates’ weight requirements would be based on their height for all positions.
  • Only those who produce a certificate in Proforma as prescribed in Annexure VIII from the relevant agencies of the candidate’s home district are eligible for height and chest standard relaxation.
  • On the PST/PET grounds, candidates who do not meet the PET standards can appeal to the authority. The decision of the Authority would be final, and no further appeals would be considered.


Physical Endurance Test

For Males-

  • In 6.5 minutes, a 1.6 km race.
  • In 16 seconds, a 100-meter dash.
  • High jump 1.2 meters in 3 chances
  • Long Jump: 3.65 m in three attempts
  • 16-pound shot put: 4.5 meters in three attempts

For Females-

  • In 18 seconds, a 100-meter race.
  • In 4 minutes, you’ll have run 800 meters
  • Three opportunities for a 2.7 meters high jump
  • Long Jump: 0.9 m in three attempts


SSC CPO Exam Books 

Aspirants studying for the SSC CPO Exam should have all of the necessary books so that they may refer to good study material. To make the search easier, a list of the recent books that cover the SSC CPO syllabus is given below:

Books for General Knowledge

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • KD Campus’s GS Set For General Competition


Best books for General Reasoning

  • M K Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  • The famous Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning written by R S Aggarwal
  • Reasoning For General Competition provided by KD Campus
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical authored by BS Sijwali, Indu Sijwali


Books for preparation of English Comprehension

  • One Word Substitution by Kiran
  • Objective General English by RS Aggarwal
  • Objective General English by SP Bakshi
  • AK Singh’s A mirror of Common Errors
  • Plinth To Paramount by KD Campus
  • Word Power Made Easy
  • English For General Competition by Neetu Singh


Best books for Quantitative Aptitude

  • The famous Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
  • Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic
  • Arithmetics For General Competition Vol 1& 2 written by Neetu Singh


Preparation Tips For SSC CPO Exam

Roughly 8 lakh people apply for the SSC CPO exam each year. As a result, the competition is fierce due to the enormous number of candidates. To study well for the SSC CPO exam, a candidate must excel in the subjects covered in both Paper 1 & 2 of the exam. To pass this exam’s physical and medical tests, you’ll need to get some physical training.

Students preparing for the SSC CPO exam should follow the tips listed below to gain higher marks and do better than expected in terms of passing the exam:

  • Candidates must read the SSC CPO syllabus carefully.
  • Ensure a constant study schedule that you can stick to on a regular basis. To avoid wasting time, the study schedule also includes the names of each day’s topics.
  • Make the best use of your time. When the course is finished, you can provide short quizzes or mock exam lasting 30-40 minutes.
  • When taking a mock test, try to earn higher scores than you did in previous mock tests. At the very least, try to save the progressive analytics of the mock test in order to comprehend the expansion.
  • In the exam room, aim to save time for Quantitative Aptitude. Therefore, rush through the General Awareness section.
  • Ensure you go over your notes again and review all of the shortcuts, tips, formulas, and techniques you learned previously.
  • New topics should be avoided at the last minute because this would just cause confusion.
  • Finally, to keep your physical and mental fitness, keep focused and get enough sleep.
  • Take a break every now and again to relax.
  • Make sure you have adequate time to revise before the tests.


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Q1. What is the best way to pass the SSC CPO- PET?

A1. Candidates must complete 1600m in 6 minutes and 30 seconds for males. To achieve so within this time frame, it is important to practice. To maintain your physical and mental fitness, keep focused and get enough sleep.


Q2. Will there be any PST/PET scores?

A2. No, no marks will be awarded for PST/PET. The candidates just need to clear the benchmark set by the commission.


Q3. Is there any penalty for wrong answers in the SSC CPO exam?

A3. Yes, there is a negative marking system in the SSC CPO exam. 0.25 points will be deducted from the overall score for each incorrect answer.


Q4. How many stages does the SSC CPO selection process have?

A4. The selection process is divided into four stages. For the selection a candidate must pass all four stages of the exam. These stages are: Paper 1, Physical Examination, Paper 2, and Medical Examination.


Q5. Where can we get detailed syllabus for SSC CPO exam?

A5. SSC CPO Syllabus is available on the official website of SSC.

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